If you’re new to creating media content, presenting on camera or on mic can feel daunting.
While your in-person presenting skills will definitely be useful, each communication medium has its own quirks and requires its own unique approach. But never fear, we’ve got your back!
To help get you started we’ve collated some easy-to-follow tips on looking and feeling confident on camera. In time, we’ll update this page with tips specific to podcasting and live streaming, Best of all, we also offer live practical masterclasses on presenting to camera so you can get some hands-on practice and advice before hitting record.
Presenting on camera doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s some simple tips to help you look and feel confident.
Posture - plant your feet firmly and your body will do the rest
Looking and feeling confident starts with a strong posture. Before you hit record, make sure that your feet are firmly planted on the ground below your shoulders and that you’re standing nice and tall.
For most video production, you won’t need to worry about walking or moving around. Just get those feet firmly planted and your body will do the rest.
Hand gestures - find your neutral position and gesticulate with purpose
Bring your hands together in front of you in a way that feels comfortable. This is your neutral position.
Gesturing is great, but unless you’re an interpretative dancer, you only want to move your hands to help you make a point. Moving your hands constantly can be distracting, so once you’ve made your point bring your hands back to their neutral position.
This will help you look and feel calm and confident.
Connecting with your audience is easier than you might think. In live presentations you need to connect with different people all around the room. But on camera, you just need to connect with one person — the viewer at home.
Don’t talk to them like they’re a huge crowd. Act like you’re having a chat with one single person. Imagining a specific friend can really help here, because when you’re talking with a friend you tend to smile, make eye contact, and your body language shows that you’re engaged with them. You might even like to try sticking a photo of a specific person you feel comfortable with behind the camera to help you feel like you’re talking specifically to them.
Presenting your research
Thinking outside the box can be a great way to attract and hold an audience’s attention, and so we strongly recommend that you consider fully embracing the possibilities offered by video rather than simply recording a lecture presentation.
Take a look at our advice on what to do before you start writing and how researchers can use video for effective storytelling if you’re interested.
So there you have it, three simple areas to help you look and feel confident on camera – your posture, your hands, and connecting through the camera. Once again, we’ll continue to update this page with tips specifically related to other mediums of communication, like podcasts, and we encourage you to participate in one of our masterclass sessions if you’d like to get some hands-on practice.
Now that you’ve prepared your content, put together your technical setup, and thought about how to present, it’s time for Step 4: Finishing and releasing your media content.